Professor Sean McHugh is the head instructor and owner of the First Strike Martial Arts Academy in Kelowna B.C. He has been a Martial Arts enthusiast most of his life. At a young age Sean was inspired by Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris, which prompted him to start to learn Karate, Kung fu and Kick Boxing.

Sean remained a competitive athlete throughout high school as a provincial level wrestler. He later went on to represented the B.C. Olympic Weightlifting Team in the Canadian Winter Games. In 2001 Sean joined the Carlson Gracie Team under Master Marcus Soares and has never looked back.

  • Owner and Head Instructor for First Strike Martial Arts Academy est. 2010
  • Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-JItsu under Master Marcus Soares – one of 18 people in all of Canada
  • Over a dozen medals in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling tournaments
  • Extensive training in Brazilian Jiu-JItsu, Kickboxing, Wrestling and Judo
  • Member of the city of Penticton’s Athletic Commission for M.M.A. – Mixed Martial Arts competition
  • Former competitive Olympic Weightlifter and extensive Power Lifting training
  • CPR and First Aid certified

Professor McHugh has had the pleasure and honour to train with some of the worlds best martial artists

Professor Sean McHugh


The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend, MMA pioneer and produced some of biggest names in Brazilan Jiu-Jitsu and MMA the world has ever seen


My team-mate from Vancouver BC, UFC, Pride FC veteran, Spirit MC Champion and Master Soares first Canadian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt


Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, former UFC and Pride FC Heavyweight Champion


Former UFC Middle Weight Champion, Strike Force Middleweight Champion and King of Pancrase Champion


ADCC and World Jiu-Jitsu Champion and in 2014 submitted Chael Sonnen in Metamoris


World Jiu-Jitsu Champion and one of the most decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors in the United States


Pride FC, K-1, Dream and Deep veteran, Japanese legendary MMA competitor


Brazilian Jiu-JItsu black belt, World BJJ Champion and Dream and K-1 veteran

Visiting Instructor – MASTER MARCUS SOARES

Master Marcus Soares is an 8th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Red & Black Belt directly under the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend and pioneer Grand Master Carlson Gracie.

  • Head instructor and founder of the Carlson Gracie BJJ and MMA Team of all of Canada
  • 8th degree BJJ Red & Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo Black Belt
  • The highest level Brazilian jiu-Jitsu instructor in all of Canada
  • Direct student of Grand Master Carlson Gracie Sr. and member of the first generation Carlson Gracie Team
  • Brazil Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion from 1970-1981
Marcus Soares

8th degree Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Master Marcus Soares

Master Soares has students and representatives all over Canada and the world with a few notables:

  • Denis Kang UFC, Pride FC veteran and Spirit MC Champion
  • Ricardo del La Riva World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
  • Marcus “Conan” Silveira American Top Team co-founder and former Extreme Fighting Champion, UFC and Pride FC veteran
Kyle Sean Cody

Kyle Van Sicke (Left) Sean McHugh (Center) Cody Earp (Right)